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Study Guide for the Final Exam WMST 2000 Introduction to Feminist Studies April 22, 2008 -Be prepared to explore how your views on feminist studies have or have not changed since the initial small group discussions from the beginning of the course. Use the introductory reading as background material to help initiate your response. Women’s Voices Feminist Visions , Shaw and Lee Chapter 1 Women’s Studies: Perspectives and Practices Conceptual overview: This chapter introduces the reader to the field of women’s studies and lays the foundation for the course. It explains the central tenets and origins of the discipline and discusses the status of women’s studies in higher education. This narrative is an overview of the objectives of the discipline and an introduction to feminism as a political theory and individual and collective practice as well as the different kinds of feminism. The final section discusses the myths associated with feminism and provides tools for debunking the various stereotypes and misinformation associated with this concept. Key concepts : centering women as subjects of study; androcentrism, gender, women’s movement, “the personal is political,” patriarchy, First, Second, and Third wave feminist activity and the associated social movement activity and legal changes, institutionalization of women’s studies, goals and objectives of women’s studies, definitions of feminism, liberal feminism, radical (or cultural/difference) feminism, lesbian feminism, ecofeminism, Marxist feminism, socialist feminism, global feminism and international women’s issues, third wave feminism, feminist backlash, postfeminism, postmodernism, myths associated with feminism, and debunking the myths and stereotypes associated with feminism. Chapter 2 Systems of Privilege and Inequality in Women’s Lives Conceptual overview: This chapter focuses on the differences between women and the ways these differences are institutionalized into patterns and practices of privilege and inequality. The emphasis is on the social construction of ranking of differences and the effects of these practices on the lives of women in society. Alongside sexism, this chapter explores the following systems of inequality and privilege: racism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, and looksism. The chapter analyzes the role of societal institutions in establishing and maintaining systems of inequality and privilege as well as the role of ideology and language. Key concepts : difference, mythical norm, normalization, hierarchy, stratification, target group, non-target group, privilege, entitlement, ranking, systems of inequality and privilege, racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, looksism, compulsory heterosexuality, privilege, prejudice, confluence, language, homophobia, hate crimes, sexual terrorism, societal institutions, ideologies, stereotypes, bootstrap myth, internalization, horizontal hostility, 1
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target and non-target groups, hate crimes, misogyny, sexual terrorism, empathy, alliances. Chapter 3
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